Howard Jacobson wins Man Booker Prize for Fiction

By The Associated Press

LONDON – Howard Jacobson has won this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Six writers, also including two-time winner Peter Carey, bookies’ favourite Tom McCarthy, and Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue were up for the award.

The Booker is open to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies, including Canada.

The winner receives 50,000 pounds, about US$80,000, and a big publicity boost.

Last year’s winner, Hilary Mantel’s Tudor saga “Wolf Hall,” became an international bestseller.

The prize was founded in 1969 and is officially called the Man Booker Prize after its sponsor, financial services conglomerate Man Group PLC.